Hundreds to leave Qatar as amnesty begins

Expats complaining that required documents are still held by previous employers

Hundreds of residents lined up at the Ministry of Interior’s Search & Follow Up department following the start of the three-month amnesty period that allows illegal expats to leave Qatar without facing penalties.

Many of the expats in line said they were considered illegal after escaping their abusive employers, while others said they were tricked into paying for a fake visa, reported Doha News.

Ministry official Abdul Malik Khadan said expats with the required documents have the best chance of leaving Qatar.

“We are trying to help people go back to their respective countries. They are responsible for arranging their tickets either through friends or relatives here, or back home. With all documents in hand, it will not be a difficult proposition to return,” he said.

However, many expats in line complained they did not have crucial documents such as their passports as they were being held by their employers. Others said they could not afford to purchase return tickets to their respected countries.

About 6,000 to 8,000 Indians are expected to take advantage of the grace period – the first of its kind to take place in Qatar in over 10 years, according to president of Indian Cultural Center Girish Kumar.

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